A Letter to Fox News About Plastic Straws

“Iced Starbucks coffee Frappuccino with cream on a patio ledge” by Kawin Harasai on Unsplash

Dear FOX News,

Today I saw a copious amount of people sharing a clip from your news segment today discussing the recent plastic straw ban.

The commentary from both Greg Gutfeld and the comments below the video were alarming.

Recently, cities and countries all over the globe have put a stop to single-use plastics. Let me share a little bit about why from EarthDay.org.

“In 2016, world plastics production totaled around 335 million metric tons. Roughly half of annual plastic production is destined for a single-use product.”

“Half a million straws are used in the world every day.”

500,000 plastic straws are used daily! Why does it matter? Glad you asked.

“A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans”

That turtle did not ask for plastic straws up his nose. The ocean did not ask for the islands of trash.

Whole islands are being created out of single-use plastics.

Now, Fox News wants to argue that caring about straws is a less than worthy cause when we have other problems to worry about like homelessness, opioid addiction, etc.

I have an insane revelation to share with you Fox News.

As a person, you are allowed to care about more than one thing. I know this is deeply shocking so please take a minute to digest and process this information.

Just because a person cares about the environment does not mean they do not care about people. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Fox, you also argued that America is not the biggest contributor to plastics in the ocean but why should that make a difference? Just because you aren’t the biggest bully doesn’t mean you should keep bullying people. Yes, the biggest contributor to ocean-based trash comes from Asia and not the United States but that doesn’t mean the US is off the hook.

I will say though the last minute of the segment you did discuss waste as it applies to other companies like Amazon. You order something and it comes in a larger than needed box and packaging that we as consumers have to discard. I’ll agree, that is wasteful.

But again, just because ordering online is wasteful and is harmful to the environment does not negate the damage straws are doing.

The world is capable of caring about both the environment and the people. I promise.

Sincerely,

Ashley Love
A person who cares about the planet & the people on it